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10 Great Reasons Why You Should Live a Life of Travel

Did you know that “Fear of Change” is one of the most common fears all humans face? It’s just ahead of “Fear of Germs” and right behind “Fear of Falling.” And oddly enough, two spots behind “Fear of Clowns.”


Fear can be paralyzing, but if you channel it properly, fear can also be a great motivator. How? If there’s an even greater fear that pushes you to change.


Don’t put your dreams on hold any longer! Here are 10 great reasons to push aside fear and start on the journey to a location-independent lifestyle:


#1 – A Two-Week Vacation Just Doesn’t Cut It Anymore


There’s no better way to immerse yourself in a culture than spending time with its people.


A vacation is usually tailored for the highlights. One can literally go from tourist attraction to tourist attraction, without ever really interacting with any locals other than those at ticket booths.


When you “slow travel“, you can visit all the popular attractions. But a whole new world opens up when you have time to step off the beaten path and visit the little known wonders.


Being location independent allows you to visit any place, for as long as you’d like.


#2 – The World is Huge!


Did you know there are 196 countries (plus territories) in the world? And each country has their own history, natural wonders, highlights, museums, etc?


I’ve been in Guatemala for four months, have been going to a new, amazing destination every weekend, and I’ve yet to cover a quarter of the country. A country barely the size of Tennessee!


Pick a country (any really), and get out there and explore!


#3 – You Want to Speak a Language Like a Local


The best way to language is by immersion. To learn the accent, slang, and phrases like a local.


Unless you live right in the middle of a strong community of immigrants in your own country, the best way to learn to talk like a local is to live in the place yourself.


You better believe it that when I’m ready to learn French, I’m moving to France!


#4 – You’ll Regret The Things You Didn’t Do More Than The Things You Did Do


Life on earth is a very fickle thing. Healthy today, bed-ridden tomorrow. Opportunities and open windows may close as suddenly as they open.


There is almost never a “right time” to embark on a journey. Take advantage of opportunities, seek them out if they’re not there. Live life on your own terms.


#5 – Make Your Money Go Waaaay Further with Geo-arbitrage


It’s a beautiful thing to earn dollars and spend in pesos.


Depending on the country you choose, you can live comfortably on less than it would be needed to live in a “First-World” country. Being location-independent works also works to your advantage when you live in a First-World country, as you don’t have to live near a city (more expensive), where jobs are usually found.


Seriously. I’m now eating healthier AND cheaper, than I ever did before.


#6 – You’ve Fallen In Love With Another Country


Have you ever felt like you don’t fully mesh with the culture and lifestyle of people around you? Your personality may actually be best suited for another country.


Open yourself to exploration and you may find a place that excites you and awakes your senses, just as Antigua Guatemala did to me on my first visit. You won’t know how a country will suit you until you’re willing to try immersing in it


Here’s a short quiz that may pique your interest. For the record, I’m cool with Sweden :)


#7 – You Want More Beach / You Want More Snow


We all get tired of the same. I’ve met people from Hawaii that can’t wait to live somewhere different, if only for a while. It’s normal.


There’s only so much of anything that one can take, and even beauty loses its luster.


Change is the real Fountain of Youth.


Tired of the beach? Move to the Swiss Alps for a bit.


@Flickr by Kyle Simourd


Tired of the cold?  Relocate to a tropical paradise for a while.


 @Flickr by sektordua


Your choices are only limited by your imagination when you’re location-independent.


#8 – You Want to Create Lifelong Memories and Experiences


You’ll create some of the best memories when you travel.  When you experience places and people who are nothing like you’ve seen before in your life.


Routine does make life go by faster.  But why not stop and smell the roses once in a while?


#9 – You Want to Raise Global Children


This may not apply to you, but it’s worth considering.


While there are drawbacks to relocating children (loss of friends), the benefits far outweigh them.


Your children will be:


  • More globally conscious
  • More tolerant and knowledgeable of other cultures
  • Drawn to work that makes a difference in the world
  • Learn another language


And many other advantages that come with being culturally aware.  These reasons will apply to you as well


#10 – You Can’t Imagine Living a Conventional Life Forever


Sure, there’s something to be said for settling down.  In fact, that’s the beauty of location-independence.  You can travel the world, try different destinations, and ultimately settle down where you feel the most comfortable.


But it’s kind of hard to figure that out when you haven’t had the chance to try the place out for some time.


Allow yourself to explore different paths.


Take the road less traveled.


Seek to enrich your life, and that of those around you, with knowledge .  Knowledge that can only come from experience and by opening up to new experiences.


It’ll be the best decision you’ve ever made.


What Other Reasons Do You Have

For Exploring The World?


If you still need a little more inspiration, watch this awesome video made by Ki’Une at RisingBean.com.  I watch it from time to time, as it helps me refocus on what’s important in life:



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Also, check out my Pinterest page about Antigua Guatemala, one of the prettiest colonial cities in the world and latest digital nomad destination I’m trying out.

About Rich Polanco

Fan of dogs + all things tech. Love a great pizza. My goal is not to travel to every country in the world. I only want to get to know my favorite ones REALLY well. Check out the big bio here. Follow @RichPolanco and connect on Facebook.
Currently exploring: Guatemala.


  1. Great post. Wish you best of luck for your future travels.

  2. that was a good post. I’ve traveled to South America (Colombia) and would like to go to Argentina next. Nothing as exciting as travel for me.

    • Cool! Hopefully I’ll be in Colombia some time next year.

      Safe travels!


  3. Eleanor R. says:

    I’d love to travel with my children, although I think I’d rather wait until they’re older. How did you manage the transition to a new country?

    • I was fortunate in the sense that my child was already living here. She started school recently.

      I’d say it’s easier when they’re younger because they adapt better than older teens, who already may have social ties back home. Never too late to instill a sense of adventure in them.

      Good question… I’ll touch on that topic in the future :)


  4. Xandra with an X says:

    Lol… I got Mexico in the quiz. I don’t know if I like tacos THAT much.

    • Ha! I got Sweden and it isn’t even in my top 10 places to visit list. Although it is supposed to go according to your personality and what you want from a culture.


  5. Amanda says:

    Its true that once you catch the travel bug, its hard to stop. I went to Tokyo last year for work-study and it really oppened my eyes. I would love to go back and live there a while.

    Really cool post.


  6. Ellen says:

    Excellent post. I’m from Canada and have been wintering overseas for close to 10 years. I wouldn’t trade all my experiences abroad for anything in the world. I only wish I’d started traveling sooner.


    • Rich says:

      Thanks Ellen! Excellent point. When to start? As soon as possible!


  7. Cirleni says:

    Nice website, very cool content (:

  8. Lisa Weesa says:

    This post is an excellent example of why I keep coming back to read your content. Nice post and thanks for sharing.

  9. Cyntia S. says:

    Normally I don’t leave comments but your post was excellent so I had to thank you for that.

  10. Delia says:

    Looking for info on the pensinado program to apple for permament residency etc. Hoping for an official looking link? Fly into Antiqua and apply to stay?

  11. Delia says:

    Thank you I will check it out. I will skip the renewals and just go pensinado. From what I understand that looks easier, cheaper and I can get an ID card to open a bank account get a drivers Lic etc. Is there a immigration office in Antiqua or will I need to go to GC? I could check online and find it but someone that has been there can say ” Oh my god do not go there” or “go here it is faster shorter lines” Do they speak English at all at immigration? My Spanish is marginal, my husbands is better but we need practice the dvd’s help but not like actually talking to people

    • Rich says:

      You’ll definitely need to know Spanish if you want to complete the paperwork yourself. As for offices, I’m not aware of any immigration office in Antigua. Guatemala City is about 45 minutes away by car.

      It’s not hard to do the residency paperwork yourself, although in your case a lawyer might be able to help you do it quicker and without requiring you to travel multiple times to the capital. It’s convenience vs. cost. Shop around for a lawyer.

      As for banking, you don’t need a Guatemalan ID card to open a bank account. Check out what I found out here.


  12. Delia says:

    That looks like a US account not a Guatemalan account.
    Thank you

    • Rich says:

      It’s a Guatemalan account. There are branches of well-known banks here, but they are Guatemalan and not exactly cross-compatible with American branches. And of course, there are 100% Guatemalan banks for which no American branch exists.


  13. Delia says:

    Sorry I just see the Charkes Schwab account available w/o Guat ID or sponsor? Did I miss something? My understanding is Guate banks pay 7% and avoid the tanking dollar, sounds like a good idea to me. I hope to get things arranged before we fly in this winter.
    Thank you.

    • Rich says:

      Hi Delia :) The first part of the post was about a US travel card. Towards the bottom of the post you’ll see where I talk about Guatemalan accounts :)



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